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    Default VMC fabric "roll up" chip guard...ever replaced one ?

    This on a 1996 vintage Makino VMC. Still works but looking a little suspect....can these be bought somewhere other than Makino and how much PITA to replace ?



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    BUWW Coverings
    [email protected]
    815 962- 2899

    .040 polyester coated hypalon

    they cut and sold me a direct replacement for my Milltronics mill.
    I just used contact cement to glue to the roller drum from the old one
    FBBob

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    Ironic that this should be on a Makino. We had a (1978 vintage) 40 x 20 Makino VMC with NO guarding for the Y axis ways. They supplied us with a roll up cover that lasted only a few weeks before we scrapped it.

    That orangy-yellow colour brought back many memories!

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    I know this is an old thread, but Milacron's Makino picture shows exactly what I am up again...except this one is on a Matsuura and I am missing the hardware to boot!

    Has anyone priced out what these roll up covers run new? Or any good alternatives? (I am thinking new is going to be outrageous)

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    Search using way covers,quite a few out there.
    My Mat. is missing the metal sliding covers on the Z(its a vert.) but still has the bellows type cover, I bought rubber shop aprons and mounted it over the billows, flat rubber,thin, can be bought from McMasters,it isnt perfect,but I am not either.

    My Lagun has a window shade type rollup deal, I replaced the fabric,again from McMasters.
    Gw

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    Milacron,
    Did you find a suitable material to replace this cover? This is the exact cover that I need to replace. I actually have 2 now, and am revisiting this one at the same time. I bought some plain rubber sheet from mcmaster carr and put it on this z cover. It looked beautiful for near a week before the coolant killed it. It tore and came unrolled. I now have a tarp piece as a patch over it. I also have a roll up cover attached to my newer Mori Seiki lathe. It is a curtain type and the synthetic coolant ruined the fabric on it too. Thanks.

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    My Mori copy Victor Vc4 had a rollup cover that was made of thin fiberglass cloth.
    Mcmaster Carr sells it as "PTFE-Coated Fiberglass Fabric"
    The hardest part is attaching to the windup roller

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    mjk Thanks for the info. I will look it up.
    I take it you are happy with the results of the mcmaster carr material. I was considering either:
    1. ordering the fiber reinforced Bunyl-N rubber sheet from McMaster
    2. Now researching your new PTFE fabric
    3. Or having A&A gortite quote enough material to do both (surely the most expensive, but may yield the best results, too.)

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    The repair once complete worked for 2+ years until I sold the machine.
    The original material was simular and it fed thru a thin "wiper" slot
    If I can find the info in my machine file I'll pass it on

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    Sorry material must have been purchased as a misc
    I don't have the parts number

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    Just as an update. I went ahead and ordered Hypalon sheeting from BUWW as is mentioned at the top of this thread. It is expensive, but the reputable replacement. I also ordered extra to fix other decayed material on the old Makino. The Hypalon equivalent on Mcmaster Carr is much more expensive then BUWW. I had 3 quotes and BUWW beat them all.
    MJK thanks for all of your helpfulness. The PTFE fiberglass was a little bit cheaper, but it measured thinner, and it only comes in tan. Coin toss and chose Hypalon (CSM tradename). Hope this might help someone down the road.
    -Greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by GBeaman View Post
    Milacron,
    Did you find a suitable material to replace this cover? This is the exact cover that I need to replace.
    No, I ended up selling the machine to a shop that didn't care that it was a little messed up. And they were a picky lot too...came to run a demo of their parts on the machine...twice.. before plunking down the cash.

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    I had to replace one on a Hyudia Kia CNC HBM for the Y axis. Big machine. Had one top and bottom of spindle. Probably at least 5 foot of travel. Anyway, it was just out of warranty and had that rubberized canvas. I replaced it with Urethane, found a place that sold it 30" wide and ordered about 15 foot of it. That was years ago. Still going strong. I think it was about 1mm thick. Used 3M contact cement in the spray can.

    Bill


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